Monthly Archives: October 2013

The Black Dahlia Case and the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo

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I loved the Black Dahlia reading! The way it was written made it really interesting and intriguing to read. When the Sergeant was introduced (“Sergeant Finis Arthur Brown of the Homicide Division, who was going to live with this ugly thing for months and years…”) I was reminded of the Girl with the Dragon Tattoo’s “Rebecka case:”

          I can't forget it. It's my Rebecka Case.
          Every policeman has at least one
          unsolved case. Back then it was old
          Torstensson. Year after year he kept
          returning to one - taking out the
          files - uselessly studying them.

I also thought it was crazy how they started out with twenty investigators, which is already a ton, and ended with over fifty! And when it described how during three work day periods, they wouldn’t even have time to change their shirts. I loved the tiny clues showing just how busy they were with such an open-ended case.
The time stamps towards the end were also really cool, showing just where the victim was at what time and showing how long certain things took, leading up to her “capture” (of course we don’t know if it started out as a capture) and murder. It adds a sort of suspense to the plot.

Zzzzzt!

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I love the ending of Execution! Those last two sentences were pretty clever, and in a kind of way was asking if killing Malloy was worth it. The electric chair has always reminded be of Stephen King’s The Green Mile (I haven’t finished it, don’t ruin it for me!!) Also them going through all those things to kill Malloy was eerily similar to Rasputin. Wizardry! thegreenmileI liked this one better than More and Better Psychopaths, but I think the latter brings up better class discussion points. Such as, the difference between a criminal and a psychopath. And is there even a such thing as a “criminal” while they are all classified as “psychopaths?” I thought it was interesting when he said that he thought they weren’t psychopaths they were only criminals, like with the example including the cop. The cop sees only a criminal and has no heart towards them and just shoots the guy. I don’ t see why they can’t be both, but we still punish them according to what their crime constitutes that they deserve.

But What About the Torso Killer?

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I loved this novel! It was great for a graphic novel in its genre, that was certainly something new. Someone already pointed out that the murders in Torso were exactly the same as Dexter’s Season 1 serial killer, but that’s what really got me interested in it when I first started reading. I love how every graphic novel author/artist can find some innovative and fresh way to get their story across. For example, in Torso, my favourite pages were the ones where you had to turn the book to read the spiraling storyline (also a clever technique to get you more enthralled in the plot). I also love, like how Paul stated, that it’s very cinematic in form and style. The killer was a genius (although no one ever likes to admit the bad guy is smart for some unknown reason) and I thought it was pretty wicked how he created his own preservative for the bodies. Rock on, man. Then again, it really pissed me off at the end how the smartass checked himself into a psych ward to avoid charges. Also, I found this article about the same kind of torso murders from 2003 in Alaska. Hmm.

Six Ballads

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OMIE WISE
This one reminded me of The Corpse Bride’s story of how her dude said they were going to get married and killed her…

STACKALEE
I liked how the end was so abrupt…and obvious. “Do not shoot another man/Or they’ll hang you in the jail” …duh??? Not to mention you shouldn’t shoot another man cause it’s immoral to kill people but whatever reason gets you to not do it I guess works

THE BALLAD OF GRACE BROWN AND CHESTER GILLETTE
This was my favourite one because of the mysterious aspect. It doesn’t directly say that he killed her, but the implications are so strong that it’s obvious. I thought the best part was when it talked about how his hands could pick flowers and kill Grace:
Did she think when he gathered those flowers
That grew on the shores of the lake
That the hand(s) that plucked those sweet lilies

Her own sweet life they would take?

BELLE GUNNESS
(At first glance, I thought this said Guinness and I got too excited.) This was definitely the most catchy and rhythmic one of all of them. Also, when I read the title, I pictured Belle from Beauty and the Beast but that was the exact opposite of the one from the ballad…frowny face.

THE MURDER AT FALL RIVER
(Have any of you seen Devil’s Pond? It’s a great, cheesy film. I reccommend it.) This one just pissed me off because there’s not enough info to tell who did it. It could’ve been a murder-suicide, but it could also have been the daughter. And now there’s no way for us to tell.

THE TRAIL’S END
Fun fact! I’m related to Jesse James and my camera’s name is Bonnie after Bonnie and Clyde. Anyway, I liked this quote a lot: “‘I’ll never be free,/so I’ll meet a few of them in hell.'” Clever. The last stanza was pretty cute, but even though they were a pain to the law, they shouldn’t be relieved that they’re dead. That’s just cruel. At least I think so…rude.

ps. I won’t be in class tomorrow for reasons that are too complicated for you to care about so miss me and talk as much crap about me as you can fit into one class. #truegirdlers

Mad Love

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It may be cliche, but this reading reminded me of Romeo and Juliet…more of a tragedy than a romance. The idea of doing anything to be with a loved one is really parallel to Shakespeare’s.alice-mitchell-1
I really liked this reading; it also raises an interesting point. “In fact, the trial, which captivated the nation, was not for murder, but for lunacy.” I thought it was pretty crazy that they cared more about her loving another lady than her killing someone…
I found an article (pictured) from January 25, 1886 entitled “A Society Woman’s Crime.”
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I thought it was interesting how in the Ballad, Alice’s quote: “Drive on, I’ve done it” wasn’t mentioned. Nor was Fred’s sister’s “trifling cut.” In this article, the journalist focused more on the actions of the parties involved and their prestigious connections rather than their relationship and the reasons for the murder. The only thing mentioned about reasons is “she slew another young lady who had slandered her” which is never explained in the article.